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Video Conference

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

  • Feb 10, 2016 (9:00 - 4:30 pm CT; 8:00 - 3:30 pm MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


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Many communities in the U.S. were not designed for pedestrian and bicycle travel. However, today, walkability and bikeability are important for active transportation and are indicators of a livable community. Accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists must be done safely. Each year, over 5,000 pedestrians and over 700 bicyclists are killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles.

The goal of this workshop is to help state and local road agencies address pedestrian and bicycle safety in design, operations and maintenance. Participants will: 1) understand pedestrian and bicycle characteristics and their relation to safety, 2) learn the significance of land use, site design and roadway characteristics to pedestrian and bicycle safety, and 3) learn effective design (of both pedestrian/bike facilities and the roadway), traffic control and other countermeasures and best practices for reducing pedestrian and bicycle crashes and injuries. The importance of an interdisciplinary approach to addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety issues and concerns is stressed. Course topics covered are outlined below.

  1. Introduction
  2. Characteristics of Pedestrians
  3. Characteristics of Bicyclists
  4. Pedestrian Crashes
  5. Bicycle Crashes
  6. Pedestrian Countermeasures
  7. Bicycle Countermeasures
  8. Safety Issues Common to Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation


Ronald W. Eck, PE, is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and is Senior Advisor with the WV Local Technical Assistance Program. He has been involved in traffic engineering and traffic safety for 40 years. He authored the Federal Highway Administration guide for local highway and street maintenance personnel entitled “Vegetation Control for Safety.” He regularly teaches workshops on “Low-Cost Safety Improvements,” “Pavement Markings” and “Roadside Safety” for public works personnel throughout the United States.

Target Audience

This workshop should be of interest to those in a variety of fields including engineering (design, traffic, maintenance and construction), public works, planning, landscape architecture, recreation and parks, law enforcement and public health-related fields.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050